No, I’m not getting ready for December 2016. We’re overseas with my soldier husband, and our postal office is still swamped with packages in the delivery room, on the truck outside, and more waiting at the airport for pickup.
I don’t mind stretching out Christmas though–not really.
In fact, that’s part of the reason we note the 12 Days of Christmas. Jesus birthday is day one, but then the three kings need travel time, hence the 12 days before their arrival is celebrated on a holiday called epiphany. I can stretch the season further though.
Our older sons are from Ethiopia where the old Julian calendar has been used for eons. That means their Christmas falls on January 7th. Hopefully all the packages will arrive by this Thursday. Otherwise we’ll be forced to open them on Ethiopian Epiphany.
Regardless, here are a couple of our Ethiopian Manger scenes. The top one is the traditional style of painted scenes. The other is considered “rare” according to WorldNativity.com because a blue glaze was applied before firing the clay.
Coming soon…a handmade Polish nativity that the kids cannot break!